Scripture is filled with the history of nations who tried to forget God and follow after their own way. Some became idol-worshipping nations; some became oppressive nations, while others became warring nations. Never satisfied, they went deeper and deeper into lawlessness as they attempted to flee the presence of God, which Jonah found impossible spending three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish.
Just as Scripture reveals the human condition and its need for the Savior, Scripture reveals God’s plan for nations to revive and thrive. The wisest person who ever lived and once led a great nation himself tells us that it is righteousness that exalts a nation, that is, right living according to God’s Word, because sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). God disapproves of and rebukes sin wherever He finds it, in an individual or in a nation. His blessings will not fall on any and all who turn their back on Him and follow after their own consuming desires.
King Solomon also tells us toward the end of his Proverbs that “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.” In contrast he says when the wicked bear rule the people mourn (29:24). Every nation on this earth would do well to follow God’s direction as found in His Word to have a prosperous, well-established, people rejoicing nation that looks out for the well-being of others, promotes love among the brethren, and esteems others better than themselves. Individuals need to do the same in order to become the rejoicing people who have found forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous:
And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”